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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Dave Weigel discuss President Obama’s renewed efforts to schmooze GOP lawmakers, the Rand Paul filibuster on U.S. drone policy, and the Sen. Robert Menendez prostitution scandal.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- Sticks and Stones is now available for purchase. Emily’s website has more info and a full list of Emily's upcoming appearances.
- John recaps the president’s history of reaching out to Republican senators.
- Rand Paul has energized the right’s anti-drone activism by invoking fears about threats to freedom.
- Dave Weigel noticed that Marco Rubio cited “that modern poet, Wiz Khalifa,” while speaking in support of the Paul filibuster.
- Dave Weigel says that the Menendez scandal coverage was an example of the “undernews.” He credits that term to former Slate blogger Mickey Kaus, who was describing “stories bubbling up from the blogs and the tabs that don't meet MSM standards.”
John chatters about Mike Brodie’s “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity,” which features photos from Brodie’s 10 years of train-hopping travels.
Dave Weigel chatters about former AP correspondent Jonathan Katz’s report about claims of UN malfeasance in Haiti.
David Plotz chatters about the urban thinkers who tried to design a utopia in SimCity. He also tells John about a discussion of Yahoo’s work-from-home policy that occurred on Quora.
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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich. Executive Producer: Andy Bowers.